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  Therapeutic Orientation and Methods

  • I use both Systemic and Psychodynamic approaches to help understand how you got to where you are and how to move past it. My approach is to help uncover and bring awareness to the repeated patterns that are not serving you or the relationships in your life. Along with *Systemic and *Psychodynamic methods, I incorporate other modalities like, Attachment Based Theory, CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Family of Origin work that helps to deepen the work we are doing together.

     *Systemic therapy focuses on how an individual's personal relationships, behavior patterns, and life choices are interconnected with the issues they face in their life. Systemic therapy provides insights into how patterns established early in life may now be limiting future options. 

    *Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. It aims to assist clients into exploring and examining their unconscious – to bring what is possibly unknown or not seen into the conscious. Once people are aware of what they are doing and why, they can make better decisions to change.

  • If needed we’ll work on self-regulation, stress management and grounding techniques, conflict resolution and coping skills along with effective communication strategies. These skills and techniques will provide you with a powerful toolkit for personal growth and emotional well-being.

  • I view therapy as a close working partnership between my clients and myself. We will spend most sessions talking about your experience and exploring your thoughts, feelings and emotions. I will ask questions (sometimes difficult ones) to better understand and get clarification. I will offer insight and interpretation in hopes of providing clarity to help you to understand yourself in a deeper manner. With insight and awareness comes change and in turn, relief of symptoms.

  • I might conduct assessments or offer you homework to work on in- between sessions if I believe this would be useful to your particular situation.

  • In general, I do not provide a diagnosis. If you request a diagnosis, for example for the purposes of getting reimbursed by insurance, I might provide one at my clinical discretion. The diagnosis I provide will reflect the clinical symptoms you describe to me.

  • The amount of time it will take to relieve symptoms or make changes in your life will vary. There is no “one-size, fits-all” as to the number of sessions it will take for you to work through your issues. With some clients, insight and change come quickly, while others need more time. There is no right or wrong way or set time frame.

      Education and Credentials

    ● Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (LMFTA), MG61115932

    ● Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Fellowship 2022, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute 

    ● Certified Discernment Counselor

    ● Level Two Gottman Training 
    ● Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
    ● Member, Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT)
    ● Alpha Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa, The International Marriage and Family Honors Society
    ● M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Antioch University Seattle
    ● B.A., Psychology, University of Washington
    ● B.A., Broadcast Journalism, University of Washington

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